I was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We immigrated to the USA when I was 8 years old to Glenside, Pennsylvania. When I was a freshman in high school we moved to Florida and I have been here ever since. I met my husband in college and we were married in December of 1971. We have 8 wonderful children. Due to medical problems we could not conceive so all of our children are adopted. They are all different and have enhanced our family with their unique gifts. We now have 19 grandchildren some of them are adopted. Our family and our church are first in our life. I am a teacher in a Catholic School where our children attended and now some of our grandchildren attend. That is much more fun then when it was my own kids in the school where mom works!
Life is great and I thank God daily for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon us. We are very devoted to our church and our faith. Jerry and I are Catholic although I was raised protestant. My brother is a minister and he and his wife were missionaries in Europe for quite a number of years. We are very close. My sister and her husband are Catholic also and work in another local parish as music directors. Our faith is very important to all of us! My husband's family is also very close to us - in fact my 2 best friends in the world are two of my sisters in law - how lucky is that! One of them is a practicing Catholic and the other is a practicing Protestant.
This is our oldest. He and his wife have adopted 6 wonderful children. He is an electrician and my daughter-in-law works at the same school where I teach and where their children attend.They are in 2nd through 6th grade.
The third oldest is from Korea and mentally challenged. She lives with another handicapped woman and loves to make cards! She is 37 years old but only about 5 mentally. She is a joy! She works at a local grocery store and is always happy and smiling.
The 4th has 3 wonderful children. They are our oldest grandsons. She is a school nurse and is very active in her church.
The 5th is not married but he does have a wonderful son who has a wonderful mother. We see them several times a year and keep in touch through e-mail, cards and pictures.
The 6th was born with CP but has earned his Masters Degree and now works for the university alumni association (FSU) where he attended. His CP mysteriously disappeared about 5 years after we adopted him. Do I believe in miracles? You bet I do! He is a favorite uncle for all of his nieces and nephews. Here he is holding Tuff.